How to create arrows | Illustrator CC, CS6

Do you want to learn how to create arrows, and add arrowheads to strokes? I recommend this excellent tutorial by Michael Jarott.

There are several ways to create an arrow using Illustrator CS6. Here are five different methods that will give you a wide variety of arrows to choose from:

  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Using Symbols
  • Using Glyphs
  • Using Brushes
  • Using Shapes

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  1. #1 by Paul clark on March 27, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    how do i make arrowheads. It was simple with cs4

  2. #2 by Brendan on March 31, 2013 - 5:38 am

    I have been making aarows sense I was 14. But never had a strong and fast one??

  3. #3 by Oliver on July 30, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    It’s the plague that’s been within Adobe the last 5 years or so, they forget about common sense and make their GUIs weird and fucked up! So many other things that’s crazy complicated too

  4. #4 by Miguel on August 27, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Go to PPT create a slide, and arrow that suits your exact needs, then copy paste it to AI. Unfortunately AI is not clever enough to be used by general public…

  5. #5 by tippie on October 27, 2013 - 7:00 am

    It’s really easy (CS5):

    1. draw a line
    2. go to the Appearance panel
    3. Select Stroke
    4. You will see Add arrowheads You can choose arrow heads at the beginning of the line, at the end, and then you can also specify the size of the arrow (0-100%). Easy does it!

    • #6 by agusco on December 5, 2013 - 8:36 pm

      Thank you tippie! Your tip worked for me!

    • #7 by Jamie Monson on November 19, 2014 - 5:36 pm

      Thanks god, I’ve been looking for this for weeks – first sensible reply I’ve found! Thanks

    • #8 by paul on March 16, 2016 - 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much. I tried for a total of several hours on several occasions and was never able to figure it out. Why couldn’t they just keep the previous add arrowhead function? All the other new arrow functions are completely useless!

    • #9 by Max on August 18, 2016 - 4:30 pm

      Thanks very much

  6. #10 by EV on March 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Thanks Tippie! After I figured out I had to click on the WORD “stroke”, the palette came up and I got exactly what I wanted! Blessings to you!

  7. #11 by Ryan on May 20, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    It is actually easier to make arrowheads now in CC than before. The problem is they completely moved where the feature is located compared to previous versions. As someone who has used Illustrator in college and professionally for over 8 years, the experienced user shouldn’t have to search high and low for common features. The previous comments about it being in the stroke panel is correct.

  8. #12 by Liton on April 15, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Also using line tool possible to create arrows.

  9. #13 by marke on February 5, 2016 - 1:06 pm


    I open stroke and appearance panel BUT I can not find
    selection for arrow heads! It used to be there in CS6,
    where they are now in CC?
    -Have to say I hate when button place are changed when update comes!!!

    • #14 by Fred on July 14, 2016 - 1:48 pm

      you only have to click on show options. Open stroke menu (ctrl+F10) and click on most top-right incon (with small arrow and lines) and then click on “show options”.

      I had same problem.


  10. #15 by tomadieta on May 23, 2016 - 1:37 pm

    Thanks for that guide. It was very useful for me!

  11. #16 by Tina Grobler on June 7, 2016 - 1:03 pm

    agusco :
    Thank you tippie! Your tip worked for me!


  12. #17 by Annabelle Lajoie on March 1, 2017 - 7:44 am

    It seems the arrowhead option has been moved or disappeared out of the stroke panel in Illustrator CC. Would any body know how to re add, or where it has been moved to?

  13. #18 by danielelpaisano on April 21, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip on how to create an arrowhead

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